What is the John Philip Sousa Award for band students?
Q: What is the John Philip Sousa Award for band students?
A: The John Philip Sousa Award is an optional award a high school band director may award to one of his students. It is restricted to one per school per year (or two in the rare event of a tie). The award recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. Band directors may order the award from The Instrumentalist magazine (200 Northfield, Northfield, IL 60093 ... phone 847-446-8550 or visit their website).
The Semper Fidelis Award may also be awarded to high school band students. Band directors that wish to nominate a student (a junior or senior who holds a "first chair" position) should contact the local U.S. Marine recruiter serving their high school. (Thanks to Sgt. Michael J. Bess for this information!)